Feb. 4, 2004
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THIS WEEK: at No. 3 UCLA
WHEN: Sunday, February 8, 2004 - 2:00 PM (PT)
WHERE: Los Angeles, Calif. - Pauley Pavilion
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 7 Stanford (5-1) vs. No. 3 UCLA (4-2)
LAST DUAL MEET VERSUS THE BRUINS
Friday, Febuary 7, 2003 - Stanford, Calif.
Stanford tied UCLA, 197.450
ON THE HORIZON
Sunday, February 13, 2004
at No. 10 Oklahoma
Norman, Okla. - Lloyd Noble Center
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
This Sunday's meet versus UCLA will be televised on Fox Sports Net on a tape delayed basis. The meet will air on Thursday, February 12th at noon on Fox Sports Bay Area. The action will be called by Chris Marlowe and former Olympic medalist Kathy Johnson Clarke.
SCOUTING THE BRUINS
UCLA, the defending national champions, enter the week ranked No. 3 in the nation and own a 4-2 record. The Bruins have won four NCAA national championships including three of the last four. With five returning All-American's, the Bruins garnered the preseason No. 1 ranking for the fourth straight season. UCLA is led by two outstanding performers in the all-around in sophomore Kate Richardson (39.762) and Jeanette Antolin (39.725). As a team, the Bruins rank first in the country on the balance beam, fifth on bars, 12th on floor and 14th on vault. Stanford and UCLA met last season in Burnham Pavilion on the Stanford campus and the two teams finished in a stalemate with identical scores of 197.425.
After last week's impressive win over No. 10 Washington, the Cardinal remain at the No. 7 spot in this week's national rankings. Stanford's second consecutive 197+ score has boosted the Cardinal's season average to 196.600. As a team, Stanford is ranked in the top 20 in each of the four events and rank in the top 10 in three of the four. The Cardinal rank second in the country on bars, third on the balance beam, ninth on floor and 19th on vault. Individually, five Cardinal gymnasts rank among the best in the nation. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley ranks eighth (39.481) in the all-around and 13th (9.894) on bars. Senior All-American Lise LÚveillÚ ranks fifth (9.937) in the floor exercise, while fellow senior All-American Lindsay Wing (9.912) ranks fifth on the balance beam. Three Cardinal are ranked among the nation's best on the uneven bars. Sophomore All-American Glyn Sweets (9.925) is tied for fourth, Foley is 13th, and Senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer is ranked 17th (9.881).
For the second straight week, Stanford defeated a top 10 nationally ranked Pac-10 opponent as the Cardinal scored an impressive 197.400-195.475 win over No. 10 Washington. Led by senior All-American Lindsay Wing's perfect 10 on the balance beam, the Cardinal improved their overall record to 5-1 on the season. The Cardinal captured four of the top five spots in the all-around with senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer taking home top honors with a score of 39.550. In addition to her perfect 10 on beam, Wing also finished first on bars with a season-high score of 9.950. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley finished first on the vault with a 9.900, while senior All-American Lise LÚveillÚ and Fluhrer each recorded a 9.950 in the floor exercise to help seal the win for the Cardinal.
The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise LÚveillÚ (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. LÚveillÚ garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
Senior All-American Lindsay Wing made Stanford women's gymnastics history when she earned her second career perfect 10 on the balance beam in Stanford's dual meet versus Washington (1/30). Wing is the only performer in Stanford history to have scored a 10.000 on the beam and is now the only Cardinal to have earned two perfect scores in any event. The Cypress, TX native registered the program's first-ever perfect score on beam in a dual meet at Oklahoma on March 22, 2003. The three-time defending Pac-10 champion on beam is just the third women's gymnast to earn a perfect score on the beam this year. Wing's 10.000 is just the fifth perfect score in any event in program history.
The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
A LOOK BACK AT 2003
Stanford followed up its first-ever Super Six appearance in 2002 with another strong year, just missing the Super Six in 2003. The Cardinal, who ended the season with a No. 6 national ranking, posted a 20-4-1 overall record and a 5-2-1 dual meet record. The Cardinal's lone tie came versus Pac-10 rival and eventually National Champion UCLA when the two teams scored identical 197.45 marks to end in a draw. The two national powerhouses would battle for the Pac-10 Championship, but in the end, the top-ranked Bruins held off the Cardinal. Stanford tallied 197.700 points, led by All-American Lindsay Wing's tremendous performance on the balance beam. Wing registered a 9.975 en route to capturing her third consecutive Pac-10 Beam title. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where despite being placed in the most competitive regional in the nation, captured second, earning the teams third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal missed advancing to its second Super Six, but the team earned a program best eight All-American honors. On top of that, six Cardinal gymnasts were named 2003 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Academic All-Americans (Shelly Goldberg, Alissa Cooper Caroline Fluhrer, Lise LÚveillÚ, Lindsay Wing and Natalie Foley).
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05
Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team. "The five recruits we have signed for the 2004-2005 season are unbelievable students and phenomenal athletes. We have been building something special here at Stanford over the last three years. Tabitha, Liz, Stephanie, Lauren and Alex are going to play a huge role in our quest for an NCAA Championship title." remarked Head Coach Kristen Smyth.
THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her tenure, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.